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I've commented a few time that I am convinced MW will be leaving the O's asap. I don't know where he prefers to play, but I just read about the ASG selections, and how MW said, "from his home in Atlanta" that he is going to the game as a spectator. 

 

I've always kind of suspected that he wants to play for the braves. now that I know he lives in Atl, I feel like my hunch may have some merit. the braves seem pretty well set at catcher with Gattis and Bethancourt. 

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Well, he's been in the dugout recently. Seems like a real team player. So, if he's anxious to flee the O's, he's doing a good job of hiding it.

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Can we finally put to bed the notion that he has some magical effect on the starting pitching? His game calling and knowledge of opposing hitters has always been lauded as being elite, yet the starting pitching, if anything, has been better without him behind the plate. With blocking the plate being a thing of the past, his value is now tied to two things only - his bat and his arm.

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Can we finally put to bed the notion that he has some magical effect on the starting pitching? His game calling and knowledge of opposing hitters has always been lauded as being elite, yet the starting pitching, if anything, has been better without him behind the plate. With blocking the plate being a thing of the past, his value is now tied to two things only - his bat and his arm.

...and his bat is very suspect too.  He was off to good start but realistically, he would have finished up somewhere around .250-260.  He's a good defensive catcher with a great arm when healthy and a very average hitter at best.

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Wieters is a transcendent talent who has played at the level of a solid player. At times he has been a superior defender, other times a superior hitter, but at no time has he been able to sustain it on both sides of the plate at the same level.

If he comes back to the O's, it will be because he has no other options.

The Yankees are not an option. The Braves are not an option.

Maybe the Nationals? Boston? The Cubs?

Those seem like the options.

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Wieters is a transcendent talent who has played at the level of a solid player. At times he has been a superior defender, other times a superior hitter, but at no time has he been able to sustain it on both sides of the plate at the same level. If he comes back to the O's, it will be because he has no other options. The Yankees are not an option. The Braves are not an option. Maybe the Nationals? Boston? The Cubs? Those seem like the options.

 

I would agree with all of those points.

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I've commented a few time that I am convinced MW will be leaving the O's asap. I don't know where he prefers to play, but I just read about the ASG selections, and how MW said, "from his home in Atlanta" that he is going to the game as a spectator. 

 

I've always kind of suspected that he wants to play for the braves. now that I know he lives in Atl, I feel like my hunch may have some merit. the braves seem pretty well set at catcher with Gattis and Bethancourt. 

I always felt this way too since he went to school at Georgia Tech and was born in SC..  Didn't know he lived there though. His wife went to GT also.  Braves seem like his dream team.  He just doesn't want to be in Baltimore long term.  I think there are two scenarios.  He comes back really strong next spring and we dump him for prospects or we ride out 2015, offer him the one year deal and then get a draft pick when he signs elsewhere.  Probably only way we can make deal with Braves next spring is if we take that god-awful BJ Upton contract off their hands.  Maybe they throw in one of their catchers at that point. 

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